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About Backbone Trail
Join musician and outdoorsman Butchy Fuego over the course of a four-day trek through the newly opened Backbone Trail across the Santa Monica Mountains. The Backbone Trail, in development for decades through the efforts of many public and private agencies and organizations, was officially completed in 2016. It is comprised of 67 miles of unbroken trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. This National Recreation Trail passes over impressive ridges, reaching its highest point at Sandstone Peak, and traverses through chaparral hillsides, canyons, and oak woodlands. Follow Butchy Fuego as he starts his journey at Will Rogers State Historic Park, meeting climbers, conservationists, beekeepers, trail workers, and fellow travelers along the way, before completing his adventure at the Pacific Ocean at Point Mugu State Park.
Musician and outdoorsman Butchy Fuego prepares for his first day on the Backbone Trail at his home in Echo Park before heading to the trailhead at Will Rogers State Historic Park.
On Day 2 of his journey, Butchy Fuego learns about wildlife conservation at the California Wildlife Center.
Butchy Fuego meets up with the women of Malibu Fire Camp 13 who perform trail maintenance on the Backbone Trail.
On the last day of his trail adventure, Butchy Fuego reflects on his Backbone Trail experience.